A Hollywood film, Team America, depicting Kim Jong-il as an out of touch and ludicrous dictator has become one of the most talked about topics on Twitter in the wake of the North Korean leader’s death.
Team America: World Police, produced by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, was arguably responsible for introducing many people to the North Korean dictator for the first time.
The 2004 comedy film, which grossed more than $50 million (£32 million) worldwide at the box office, centres on “Team America,” an international police force that fights terrorism.
The 69 year-old, who died from a heart attack on a train on Saturday, was one of the main characters in the puppet movie. On Monday, the film enjoyed a somewhat unusual resurgence in popularity in the wake of his death.
It depicts Kim as an evil dictator attempting to conquer the world while openly mocking his limited English. He was featured as a singing dictator who was lonely – or “ronrey” – while living in his large opulent palace.
Among the popular phrases included “Team America”, “Hans Brix” – in reference to another character, the former UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix, who was said by Jong-il that he was "breaking my ----s" – and “So Ronery”.